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Both were part of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons, which met with a spectacular end in 2017 after the spacecraft dipped and dived between Saturn’s rings.
Temperatures will reach 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,300 degrees Celsius), as the spacecraft zips in and out of this atmospheric hot zone.
The Pioneer missions were unmanned, sure—but NASA had asked Sagan to design a depiction of Earth's inhabitants for the trip, just in case the spacecraft ran across some aliens.
Madsen was a co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a private aerospace consortium to develop and construct manned spacecraft.
Low-earth orbit systems need complex software to run constellations of satellites, and sophisticated antennas on the ground to aim at spacecraft zooming from horizon to horizon.
Tilley, who lives in British Columbia, had single-handedly located the weather-tracking spacecraft IMAGE, which NASA launched in 2000 and lost contact with five years later.
Rick Elphic, a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, is part of a group studying the moon using instruments aboard the spacecraft called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
In April, astronomers reported that the Cassini spacecraft had discovered a chemical brew erupting from Enceladus’ oceans — the same kind that bacteria eat at Earth’s hydrothermal vents.
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: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space
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